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Minnesota Finds "Grocery Gap" in Access to Healthy Food

 

An article posted today from Bring Me The News surveys Minnesotans on access to healthy foods! Check it out!

An increasing number of Minnesotans believe that not everyone has access to healthy food options, with the lack of grocery stores in greater Minnesota playing a factor in what people choose to eat, a survey released Monday shows.

The Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota highlighted the "grocery gap" (also called food deserts) in Minnesota, noting more than one-third of those surveyed must travel at least 10 minutes to shop at a full-service grocery store – and that includes a proportionate number of senior citizens and lower-income families, who may also be struggling with reliable transportation to get to the grocery store.

For those who live outside the Twin Cities, the drive to the grocery store increases. In greater Minnesota, 40 percent of people reported traveling more than 10 minutes to shop at a full-service grocery store. Meanwhile, many in more rural areas say the trip to buy food is more than 30 minutes, the survey found. Continue reading here

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